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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-29-2013, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Need pics of 1700-1800s traps

I'm getting a tattoo of a early trapper/mountain man and need somee refrence pics for the traps he will have. All the good artistic prints I find the detail in the traps wont show when printed. Seeing if anyone has a few pics of period correct traps.
I'm using this print as the main piece, with a few things added. Like the traps and a bear claw necklace. Any help would be appreciated
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-29-2013, 03:57 PM
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Re: Need pics of 1700-1800s traps

Sorry, no pictures.
From the time period you mention, traps were hand made individually by blacksmiths on forges.

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Re: Need pics of 1700-1800s traps

Yeah thats what I'm running into. No pics! I'm thinking about just using pics of some double long spring traps. I found a couple pics of a newhouse that show it and the chain real good. Got the insperation after reading a book of stories about early trappers and fur trade. Kinda a time I wish I lived in.

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Re: Need pics of 1700-1800s traps

He looks like Bearclaw Grizlap I think that's his name

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Re: Need pics of 1700-1800s traps

Whooo Hooo! A trapping topic that I am familiar with. (tats and old traps). Anyways you are right with the Double long spring. Using Iron traps did not become common 'til the early 1800's. Or 1797 to be exact. Old mink is correct in that the real old traps were hand made. Something you would pay a back woods blacksmith to make you. In a way old traps are like old longrifles. Each blacksmith would make traps a little different, kind of like the different "schools" of long rifles made. Except traps were not as ornate, more of a tool.

I also can not find record of fur trade, (mountain men) trappers having more than a few traps. Now a days we use dozens. mostly just 10 traps for beaver by law. In the old days most set out for the Rockies with 2 beaver traps.

This site has plenty of pics for you. I'm sure you can use bing or google and find more fur trade era traps. I looked on Bing and searched "fur trade era traps" under images and found plenty early 1800's examples.
www.thefurtrapper.com
Scroll down the fur trappers page and you will start seeing the traps.

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Re: Need pics of 1700-1800s traps

mountain men of that time probably used alot of deadfalls.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-05-2013, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Need pics of 1700-1800s traps

In the stories and accounts I have read they used traps. The appointment is tomorrow so I will post a pic sometime after that. Thanks for the replies

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